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imzadi
Jackson, SC
(Zone 8a)

March 7, 2011
6:59 AM

Post #8411680

I have seen some new faces here in the past month or so so why dont you stop by and say hi and tell us about you.

we all love morning glories here so don't be shy to get to know us and let us know you. Marie
Jiny
Tokyo
Japan
(Zone 10a)

March 7, 2011
5:58 PM

Post #8413226

Hi from an old face! LOL. And your right we all love morning glories. Welcome to new enthusiasts from me.
kimarj
(Kim) Philadelphi, PA
(Zone 6a)

March 7, 2011
6:12 PM

Post #8413252

Hello ^_^ I tried to resist! to no avail : ) and have started seeds..
Kim
Jiny
Tokyo
Japan
(Zone 10a)

March 7, 2011
6:50 PM

Post #8413338

Why resist Kim? Wish I could start seeds but I nil love warm and it's cold right now!
beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 7, 2011
8:25 PM

Post #8413544

Hi Kim! Welcome to the MG Forum!

Jon and others - I hope it warms up soon for y'all. We had a cool snap here today, but tomorrow it is supposed to be back up into the high 70's / low 80s! I can't believe the cold weather you are getting in March this year, Jon! Brrrr ... I hope Spring arrives for you pronto! :-)
imzadi
Jackson, SC
(Zone 8a)

March 7, 2011
8:46 PM

Post #8413587

Hi KIM Hi Jon. Becky it was cold here too. Down to 32 last night and tonight . BRRR but anything possible till the masters are over which is April 15th.
nifty413
Garland, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 7, 2011
9:02 PM

Post #8413611

Hello all (I feel like I've done this before)!

Although I've "lurked" in this forum for years, it's good to actually participate and post occasionally.

I've mainly inhabited the Plant and Tree ID Forum trying to help when possible... many times learning about completely new genera of plants.

I've been hybridizing daylilies for over 15 years the last 9 of which trying to develop flowers with some true blue coloration. My results have been less than stellar when compared to the famous hybridizers' cultivars. I've kinda lost some of my enthusiasm for crossing DLs, so I've decided to give it a go with Ipomoea.

Umm... what else? I'm geeky when it comes to remembering scientific names, but have "chilled out" a lot in the past few years... this webpage has been the main reason: http://www.jlhudsonseeds.net/Pronunciation.htm

I guess that''s all for now.
Oh, please feel free to refer to me as Nick, since it's my actual name. However, I've been known to answer to the names "Slash," "Doofus," and "Gwendolyn."

Did I mention I'm obsessed with plants?


Daylily 'Christmas Is' -Yancey 1979

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beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 7, 2011
9:21 PM

Post #8413629

Nick - Loved that article in the link you posted! LOL! Thanks for sharing that! :-)

Welcome to the wild world of Morning Glories! :-) It can be an addiction just like daylilies. The best part is the vines bloom the same year. The worst part is that most are annuals. But that's okay ... they grow quite well from seed in warm sunshine and often bloom their little buds off to delight everyone here! :-)

I've kinda gotten bitten by the daylily bug myself. Some online friends have been sharing seeds with me and I've had much success growing them. Last year I got first blooms from most of them and I was about knocked off my feet because they were so beautiful! I'm growing more from seed again this year! I have one 3-tiered bed that is almost completely dedicated for Daylilies. :-)

I really liked your "Christmas Is" bloom photo! Beautiful! Love that greenish-yellow throat! Lovely!!! I had no idea that there are blue blooming daylilies! Cool!
Jiny
Tokyo
Japan
(Zone 10a)

March 7, 2011
10:32 PM

Post #8413681

Love that article Nick! So true, living as I do in Japan pronunciation is something I fully understand, believe me!
I've never grown daylilies actually I've not seen them here. Morning glory is quite another matter, everyone seems to grow them here, often as a sun shade, they are so beautiful! Welcome to the forum and enjoy morning glories!
Jon
kimarj
(Kim) Philadelphi, PA
(Zone 6a)

March 8, 2011
2:42 AM

Post #8413761

Thanks for the warm welcome! I tried to resist because I try to grow more than I have room for lol!!
Awesome article Nick!

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

March 8, 2011
3:59 AM

Post #8413818

Hello from Maine where our growing season is short and I like to cram in as many blooms as humanly possible. I have been growing MG's for about 10 years now, and have no problem trying any variety once. That being said, I am learning that some varieties only need to be sowed once...and you'll have them forever.
I started out with heavenly blue as blue is my favorite color and quickly fell in love with anything after that. I've grown several strange and unique MG's but I am (I fear) this forums worst nightmare...I don't keep track of names! I start out with good intentions(mark everything) but alas with over 500 seedlings in various windows and cornors of my house...they get lost:( Also being stuck inside for the winter months makes me crazy so I have several winter blooms going also.
I grow alot of daylilies (understatement) iris's, lilies, roses, and echies along with many other hardy perennials. I also grow apples, pears, blueberries, raspberries and a huge veggie garden.
I lurk here often, but seldom post, although I have posted more in 2011 than all the years prior :) I love coming here to see your pictures as your vines bloom, it helps to keep cabin fever at bay, I learn as it snows, and it gives me something to look forward to. ^_^
Celeste


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imzadi
Jackson, SC
(Zone 8a)

March 8, 2011
6:00 AM

Post #8413982

Welcome and everyone else either old or new.

I don't keep track of names either. I have been known to on some special ones but I end up losing tags to my 4 legged creatures. They think they are play toys.

I grow for the love of it.
beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 8, 2011
10:43 AM

Post #8414507

Celeste - Another beautiful daylily! You are going to have to share a photo of your garden areas. With all those plants, it must be beautiful in the Spring and Summer months at your home! :-)

Marie - I keep track of the vines, but seem to be getting really lax on my names for my photos! I used to be really organized, but the more I grow, the less I keep track of each and every bloom photo! LOL! I grow them because I love them, too! :-)
Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

March 9, 2011
10:10 AM

Post #8416494

Hello everyone and welcome. I'm also an old face here, morning glories are one of my many loves, and as a child I used to pop the closed flowers and sometimes the buds, I now realize that they may not have ever made seedpods. Come to think of it, they were probably pollinated already by the time I popped them.

Anyway, good to see you all, and happy growing.
Antoinette
Jiny
Tokyo
Japan
(Zone 10a)

March 9, 2011
2:37 PM

Post #8416930

I did that too! I remember A.
Someone please tell me what daylillies are? I want some too! Portulaca and Busy Lizzie are among my favorite flowers.
beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 9, 2011
3:11 PM

Post #8416987

Jon - You can skim down this thread to see what daylily plants look like:
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/finder/index.php?sname=Daylilies&submit=submit
nifty413
Garland, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 9, 2011
4:24 PM

Post #8417146

Jon,

Just be careful like certain other plants/flowers, daylilies can become addictive!

Some basic info & care instructions: http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/1395/
About hybridizing: http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/1359/
Growing from seed: http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/989/

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

March 9, 2011
4:35 PM

Post #8417172

"daylilies can become addictive" Heed this warning!!!!!!! I did not and now I have well over 300.
Their pretty little faces looking up at you ...

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pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

March 9, 2011
4:35 PM

Post #8417173

in your favorite colors.

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pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

March 9, 2011
4:37 PM

Post #8417178

Sending you reaching for your wallet ...

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pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

March 9, 2011
4:39 PM

Post #8417186

before you know what your doing!

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beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 9, 2011
4:59 PM

Post #8417228

LOL! Jon has probably seen my crossed assortment of blooming daylilies. I believe he has seeds to try! They are beautiful bloomers to grow, for sure! :-)
nifty413
Garland, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 9, 2011
5:11 PM

Post #8417249

Celeste: What's the name of the first one that looks white w/plum eyes?
*in the back of my mind I hear "you really shouldn't ask, you know you don't have the space or money for it*

You have some real purty DLs!

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

March 9, 2011
5:18 PM

Post #8417263

LOL Nifty! They are:
#1 'Westbourne Easter Egg Hunt'
#2 'Strawberry Fields Forever'
#3 'Litttle Rainbow'
#4 'Cat Dancer'
and this one is 'Border Bride'

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beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 9, 2011
5:21 PM

Post #8417271

All of them are quite lovely! You must frequent the daylily forum here on DG, Celeste? :-)

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

March 9, 2011
5:28 PM

Post #8417285

I used to all the time when i first got here(2006) and the lily forum also, but not as much anymore. I mainly lurk now :)
Jiny
Tokyo
Japan
(Zone 10a)

March 9, 2011
5:53 PM

Post #8417321

Well that brought quite a response! Not sure I need another addiction, OK here we go, what are they in botanical terms? I just can't seem to find them here! They are so lovely I can't resist. I'm so bad!
imzadi
Jackson, SC
(Zone 8a)

March 9, 2011
6:05 PM

Post #8417349

Hemerocallis is the proper name for day lilies.
Jiny
Tokyo
Japan
(Zone 10a)

March 9, 2011
6:09 PM

Post #8417354

Thanks darling!
beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 9, 2011
6:19 PM

Post #8417374

Jon - This is my raised bed of daylily plants before they start blooming. The plants have long blades for foliage. Mine stay evergreen here because we don't get snow.
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/fp.php?pid=8415531
imzadi
Jackson, SC
(Zone 8a)

March 9, 2011
6:21 PM

Post #8417377

You are welcome Jon. I love daylilies too. mine are starting to pop up all over but worried about the weather. My trees are flowering too.

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

March 9, 2011
6:24 PM

Post #8417388

Nice bed Becky, and a very healthy looking salvia in the middle!
Inthegarden
Beaumont, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 10, 2011
7:03 AM

Post #8418046

Hi all,

I've been roaming at DG for years and became a contributing member last year.
I just sowed some 'Sunrise serenade' seeds. Have gotten many MG seeds from very generous traders.
Last year I grew 'Emma's gift', Grandpa Ott's, pink one, moonvine, pink moonvine, etc.
Would like to grow some other varieties (hint, hint!)

I also grow Asian veggies and help care for a bed at our church filled with Texas bluebonnets, red poppies, and orlaya grandiflora, daylilies, marigolds, violets, and lilies. The bluebonnets and poppies have started to bloom!!!

Betsy

patootie
Jacksonville, AR
(Zone 7b)

March 10, 2011
2:44 PM

Post #8418824

Beautiful daylillies Nick and Celeste.
Your Daylillies will be beautiful Becky.
I love your yard, everything in it made more lovely by the wonderful white picket fence.
Can't wait to see it covered in glories this summer.
Jiny
Tokyo
Japan
(Zone 10a)

March 10, 2011
4:17 PM

Post #8418976

I almost missed your daylilly bed Becky, that's gonna be quite something!
sherman99
Menifee, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 10, 2011
4:24 PM

Post #8418993

hi
i'm really new to MGs, only had heavenly blue at first but thanks to very kind DG members i have seeds from several others and am going to be in MG heaven soon! i have over 300 ft of fence to cover and plan to do it all with MGs. hope the critters will allow this.
beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 10, 2011
4:34 PM

Post #8419019

Jon - Each daylily plant is a different looking bloom. LOL! They are a crossed mix of seeds from other generous gardeners! :-) I think you have some, too, right? I love daylilies! They take a beating here and still show off until Fall! :-) Though many only bloom once a year, they are still worth growing because of the beauty of those amazing blooms! :-)

sherman99 - Hope to see photos when your vines start growing and covering your fencing! When they bloom, you will love it! ♥

Jiny
Tokyo
Japan
(Zone 10a)

March 10, 2011
5:03 PM

Post #8419057

Yes Becky I certainly have been blessed with seed from other DG members. Yours and others friendship has become a lifeline to me, living as I do in a foreign country with little communication. I fear becoming reclusive, bitter, trapped as I am with nowhere to run. A bad case of cabin fever I guess! Springs coming and a chance to get into the garden will make a world of difference.
sherman99
Menifee, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 10, 2011
5:12 PM

Post #8419073

pajonica- i know the feeling, living out in the sticks and not being able to drive any more. thank goodness for friends.
beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 10, 2011
5:13 PM

Post #8419077

Jon - This keeps me going when I remember this saying ... "This too shall pass." And I know that it is true! Spring will get there soon for you! I don't know if I could handle living up north because I need sunshine and being outside every day. Maybe I'd have to take up snow skiing! LOL! And probably break both legs! LOL!

I know it must be hard living in a foreign country and feeling somewhat isolated due to the language barrier and culture. And raising two children as a stay-at-home dad. It is certainly a challenge! {{{hugs and cheerful vibes being sent your way!}}} I hope Spring shows up on your doorstep pronto! :-) You definitely have friends here to cheer you on in your journey of living in Japan as well as dealing with life's challenges! :-)

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Jiny
Tokyo
Japan
(Zone 10a)

March 10, 2011
5:39 PM

Post #8419120

Thanks guys, what more can I say? You are far more appreciated than words can describe. God bless you for your help, support and kindness.

Jon
Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

March 10, 2011
6:01 PM

Post #8419157

Jon, Becky is right, this too shall pass. Let us know if there is anything we can help with.

A.
beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 10, 2011
6:05 PM

Post #8419167

Short of showing up at your doorstep, we are here for ya, Jon! :-) Sherman99 is right ... friends are there for you!

I'm still hoping to hit the lotto! If so, I'll come out to visit you and of course ... supervise that home extension you are working on! (A WINK & A SMILE!) ;-) And play with the kiddos, too! :-)
Jiny
Tokyo
Japan
(Zone 10a)

March 10, 2011
6:53 PM

Post #8419267

Show up at my doorstep and ya'll be more than welcome, believe me! sleep on the floor, eat Japanese, take you places and show you the sights.
beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 10, 2011
7:17 PM

Post #8419312

Jon - Sounds like a real treat to visit Japan! I'd love it! :-)
imzadi
Jackson, SC
(Zone 8a)

March 10, 2011
7:23 PM

Post #8419323

Yea it sure does. Wish I could go. I know I would love it as Much as My daughter.
Jiny
Tokyo
Japan
(Zone 10a)

March 10, 2011
8:19 PM

Post #8419411

Well here it is an open invitation, come and see us as we really are!
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

March 11, 2011
4:47 PM

Post #8420981

Hi, new face on this forum...and praying for Jon and family to be safe.
Jiny
Tokyo
Japan
(Zone 10a)

March 11, 2011
5:20 PM

Post #8421066

We are are OK but had some serious damage, many thanks!
Jon
Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

March 11, 2011
5:22 PM

Post #8421069

Good to see you here Jon.
A.
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

March 11, 2011
5:51 PM

Post #8421117

Whew, glad you and yours are okay! Sorry to hear about the damage. Prayers still coming your way.
Jiny
Tokyo
Japan
(Zone 10a)

March 11, 2011
9:53 PM

Post #8421602

What can I say? Well a big hug and thank y'all for a start! These things bring home to me just how important friends are.

Jon
patootie
Jacksonville, AR
(Zone 7b)

March 11, 2011
10:18 PM

Post #8421614

Jon, much relieved that you and your family are ok. I can't believe that you and I
were just talking about the possibility of this happening a few days ago.
Jiny
Tokyo
Japan
(Zone 10a)

March 12, 2011
12:54 AM

Post #8421685

I don't know if this is significant or not but I sometimes get very depressed for a few days, then the disaster happens. A week before 9/11 and Christmas 2004 are the ones that spring to my mind. I don't pretend to predict the future but somehow I seem to know when something bad is about to happen. Lord only knows why! Disaster allergy perhaps?
imzadi
Jackson, SC
(Zone 8a)

March 12, 2011
4:15 AM

Post #8421761

I am just glad you are all right. People say to know when its going to rain and stuff. So maybe you just sense things. Just take one day at a time. We are all here for you. Hugs!!!! Rie
Jiny
Tokyo
Japan
(Zone 10a)

March 12, 2011
8:29 AM

Post #8422161

Nope I'm no good at predicting rain, or reading tea cups! LOL
ButterflyChaser
Northeast, AR
(Zone 7a)

March 12, 2011
9:26 AM

Post #8422267

Hi y'all! Some of you know me. I'm NancyAnn. I've been around DG for years and GW before that. The daylily addiction hit me badly a few years ago. I managed to collect about 500 named daylilies and many unnamed ones. Last year, it dawned on me that most of my garden was daylilies and when they're done blooming, it looks pretty bare around here after that.

So I found some new addictions. Hardy Hibiscus are big winners. I look for the newer hybrids with huge blooms. Ornamental grasses also inspire me. One of my favorites is zebra grass, which all visitors comment on. And I grow Arundo Donax Variegata, in the can family, looks like Bamboo. It starts out white with thin green stripes in the spring and changes to yellow. By the time it gets hot, it becomes a dull green color like bamboo. It has bamboo-like canes that I use to stake my tomatoes. Gosh, it gets 12 ft tall or so in my gardens.

My dear friend Gourd has been trying to addict me to MGs for years. I've grown a few. Rose Silk and Hatsu Arashi are two of my favorites. I didn't have much room for vines until the past year or two. I built a fence and several arbors to grow vines on, so Gourd may finally be successful in creating another MG addict.

My biggest challenge this season will be keeping my new puppy from digging up all my plants. He's already brought me some bearded irises he decided needs to be transplanted elsewhere. He's always digging holes; I'm afraid he's gone dig to China...or maybe to Japan. Jon, if he shows up over there, call me and I'll come get him. LOL Here he is fishing in my pond.

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ButterflyChaser
Northeast, AR
(Zone 7a)

March 12, 2011
9:28 AM

Post #8422274

Here he is in one of my ornamental grasses (bull rush I think, often grows along ditches). He's going to be a great garden pup, I think. I just have to teach him to quit digging up plants to bury his bones, shoes, and toys. LOL

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ButterflyChaser
Northeast, AR
(Zone 7a)

March 12, 2011
9:32 AM

Post #8422278

Here's one of my gardens last summer. My entire yard is a garden; I have no lawn. You just follow all the paths to the different pavillions, gazebo and gardens. I am in the process of redesigning everything so I can have themed gardens: A romance garden, a "honeymoon suite", a spiritual garden, a butterfly garden, an edible garden.

When I get it all done, I'll rent it out for small gatherings occasionally and to photographers for photo shoots.

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ButterflyChaser
Northeast, AR
(Zone 7a)

March 12, 2011
9:35 AM

Post #8422283

Here are a few of my daylilies. I love doubles and somehow I ended up with this one. It was supposed to be Raspberry Candy but obviously isn't. I'm was pleasantly surprised to find it's a double. Wish I knew its name.

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ButterflyChaser
Northeast, AR
(Zone 7a)

March 12, 2011
9:36 AM

Post #8422285

No self-respecting hillbilly could be without a HILLBILLY HEART.

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ButterflyChaser
Northeast, AR
(Zone 7a)

March 12, 2011
9:41 AM

Post #8422294

I spotted this in a hybridizer's garden and fell in love. Each time I visited him, it would be blooming and I kept asking him who it was. The last time I asked, he said, "You ask me that everytime you visit. I think you have to have some." So BEAUTIFUL JEALOUS EYES now grows in my romance garden quite beautifully.

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sherman99
Menifee, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 12, 2011
9:43 AM

Post #8422297

your garden is so beautiful.
ButterflyChaser
Northeast, AR
(Zone 7a)

March 12, 2011
9:44 AM

Post #8422300

And this one takes my breath away--FANCY FACE. Ain't she purty??

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luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

March 12, 2011
9:46 AM

Post #8422303

Hi NancyAnn, how the heck are you!?
Nice to see you here, if ya hang out long enough you will be a MG addict before you know it!! Great bunch of people too!

Love your gardens and the double DL is stunning!
ButterflyChaser
Northeast, AR
(Zone 7a)

March 12, 2011
9:47 AM

Post #8422305

Thank you, Sherman. I'm such a plant addict. I tried the 12-step program for plantaholics...but each step lead me right to another plant! And I just had to have it. Can I be like Charlie Sheen and claim I'm cured...while I check out the Plant Trading forum to see if I can find another plant?

Here's a beauty: RED EYED FANTASY

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ButterflyChaser
Northeast, AR
(Zone 7a)

March 12, 2011
9:51 AM

Post #8422313

Ronnie, now you know you've been enabling me for years too! Between you and Gourd and all the MG seeds you've sent me over the years, you knew you'd suck me into the MG world. And now I have lots of fencing to grow them on. I'm really excited to get some planted this year!

OK this is the last daylily I'm sharing with you guys today. Another eyed one that takes my breath away. MEXICAN MAGIC

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ButterflyChaser
Northeast, AR
(Zone 7a)

March 12, 2011
9:53 AM

Post #8422316

And since this is the MG forum, I'll share one of my faves, Rose Silk. The bloom is huge and spectacular with variegated foliage. It may be common to some of you more expert MG growers. But it must be a classic surely and classics are never common, are they?

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Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

March 12, 2011
12:08 PM

Post #8422494

Oh my lord, Please don't addict me to daylillies, please. You know what you did to me with cannas 10 years ago..lol

Those Rose Silk are just beautiful.
A.
Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

March 12, 2011
12:12 PM

Post #8422499

oops, I typed so fast I forgot to say , your gardens are beautiful as ever... and those daylillies are so nice.. very, very nice cultivars you have. I love that last one too.. sheesh.. I purchased so many about two or three years ago and none of them made it here in this hot heii of a place.. the soil got baked so hot into hot clay rock, combination.. I don't know what will make it here, so we use raised beds for almost everything or pots.
ButterflyChaser
Northeast, AR
(Zone 7a)

March 12, 2011
12:13 PM

Post #8422500

Ah come on now. Turnabout is fair play. If I get addicted to MGs, A., I'm dragging you into the daylily addiction. You'd love them! What fun you could have hybridizing them.

Unfortunately the last two winters have killed almost all my cannas. I have less than 10 varieties now. Remember, at one time I had about 75 varieties, some real beauties. The ones that have survived our worst winters are the very old ones (Robert Kemp, Florence Vaughn, & Richard Wallace). I probably won't add any back into my gardens. I was crushed to lose so many when they'd survived for years and years.
ButterflyChaser
Northeast, AR
(Zone 7a)

March 12, 2011
12:15 PM

Post #8422504

A., call some tree trimmers and ask for some free mulch. They can dump you a huge truckload. Here I get all I want. They have to pay to dump at the landfill, and they're delighted to dump here for free. I get about 15 commercial truckloads yearly.

It's great for amending your soil. I started with all red clay that turned to rock during a drought. Now, almost all of it is rich black gold. It's so nice!!
Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

March 12, 2011
12:26 PM

Post #8422525

I used to get truckloads in CA for the couple of acres we had there, but, here the mulch you can get is Pecan mulch and there are still a few remaining nuts in the mulch, so guess what, MICE all over the place, We decided to flagstone most of the yard and garden in very small areas. I live now in the middle of Pecan Orhards and Corn, Alfalfa, onions, etc.. whatever they decide to plant and rotate next.. Kind of nice too. We are blocked in the irrigation rights so, we have our own well, but it is too much for me to keep up with by myself. NO GRASS, maybe a few feet of it for the dogs and turtles, that is it.. Mostly cactus, but this winter most of them froze too, so, we have ALOT of gravel..lol

A.
Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

March 12, 2011
12:27 PM

Post #8422530

P.S. Nancy, let me know if you are ready for some MG seeds, I'm getting Nick's ready this next coming week, can send some then.
A.
nifty413
Garland, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 12, 2011
1:20 PM

Post #8422580



This message was edited Apr 4, 2011 6:05 PM
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

March 12, 2011
1:31 PM

Post #8422594

Speaking of Nick, how do you go about nicking the mg seeds before planting?

Here is an old thread where I posted pics of mg that grew wild here. The english ivy has choked nearly all of them out, though, so last year there were very few. I never did pull the ivy, as it's so thick, it's intimidating! It started out as a hanging plant that spilled over onto the ground thirty years ago.

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/758940/
Flinter
St. Annaparochie
Netherlands

March 12, 2011
3:12 PM

Post #8422782

Hi, I am a " new face" on this topic and want to say Hi to you all.
Last year I started Ipomoea ' Star of Yelta' , I. ' Crimson Rambler' and I. 'Milky way'. I liked them very much and put some other on my want list. Thanks to DG member I received new seeds: I. Chocolate silk, I. Gypsy bride, I Heavenly blue, I. Jamie Lynn, I Joyce Cobb, I. Lavender hige, I. Sunrise seranade and others. I 'll start my seeds in April. Here in Holland the last chance of frost is 16 May. Is this early enough to start the seeds?

This message was edited Mar 12, 2011 11:13 PM
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

March 12, 2011
3:24 PM

Post #8422802

Hi, Flinter, I was in your country once, when in the army--I'll never forget the gorgeous gardens!
beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 12, 2011
3:25 PM

Post #8422803

Welcome to all the new members to this forum! I look forward to your adventure growing MGs and always enjoy photos of your vines and blooms!

NancyAnn - Your gardens and daylilies are truly beautiful! Welcome to another plant addiction! :-)

KyWoods - That ivy is something indeed! :-) To nick a seed, I use a small nail clipper and just slightly nick a MG seed. Don't nick too deep or you might damage any seedling that could emerge.
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

March 12, 2011
3:28 PM

Post #8422810

Thanks, Becky! I was just fondling last year's seeds a few minutes ago, lol.
Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

March 12, 2011
3:41 PM

Post #8422833

Hi Flinter and Welcome, you can start your seeds in April if you grow them indoors till mid May, otherwise they may get frost. You have a great variety to grow, the purpureas are some of the hardiest there are and if you have any that reseeded, you will see them sprout around early May, or earlier if the weather is nice.

Then you know when to put them outdoors, remember to acclimate the seedling though..by the way, my son was visiting your country a couple of years ago.. I wish I could do the same, I'd also love to visit Jon in Japan someday.


Hi Nick, we need to get you started, so I'm sending you a welcome package..lol

KYwoods, I nick my seeds with a nail clipper and I use my super duper magnifying glasses, make sure your don't injure the embryo, nick on the two sides instead of the two ends.. I make two nicks because it lets the seedcoat soften quicker and it comes off easier and does not stick to the embryo when it germinates, dont' for get you can wet a small piece of paper towel and place it on top of the seedcoat if it is having trouble coming off.

Also, Newbies, don't forget to read the STicky above that BlueSpiral and BeckyGardener put together, it has tons of information and will save you hours upon hours of research if you go read the links they recommend... I still go there..





KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 4, 2011
2:31 PM

Post #8471777

Question: How in the world do you hold onto the seeds while you nick them? I keep having to chase them, lol!
imzadi
Jackson, SC
(Zone 8a)

April 4, 2011
2:46 PM

Post #8471829

very carefully. i use small toe nail clippers. some people hold them with pliers. it is hard You can us e a file if you have too just to scratch the surface
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 4, 2011
3:41 PM

Post #8471923

Is this better than soaking them, or should I do both?
imzadi
Jackson, SC
(Zone 8a)

April 4, 2011
3:53 PM

Post #8471955

Some people nick some soak. I have had no luck soaking so i nick. Others have luck soaking. its what works best for you. Some i don't nick like tiny ones . it just all in what method works for you. I wouldn't do both at the same time though.
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 4, 2011
4:35 PM

Post #8472048

Thanks! Maybe I'll experiment and do half one way, half the other, lol!
sherman99
Menifee, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 4, 2011
4:45 PM

Post #8472070

i have been unable to nick seeds no matter how hard i try they seem to shoot out of the clippers and then ihave to search for them. soaking seems to work well for me
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 4, 2011
5:03 PM

Post #8472129

LOL, exactly what happened to me! Maybe a nail file will work...How long do we soak them?
imzadi
Jackson, SC
(Zone 8a)

April 4, 2011
5:20 PM

Post #8472166

some people soak 6 hours some over night. I tried soaking and they just died on me. too much water i guess.

bluespiral

bluespiral

(Zone 7a)

April 4, 2011
5:57 PM

Post #8472285

Good nicking/soaking advice above. Just to add my 2 cents about my struggles with nicking and starting MG seeds (following is my experience, but my experience grew from the knowledge others have shared in this forum over the years) -

I don't nick, unless the ones soaked for a few hours don't swell.

-- Then, only the ones that don't swell get nicked and put back into fresh soaking solution of water with a dab of hydrogen peroxide (H202) for a few more hours.

---- when nicking, do not nick a hole to China - ya just want to barely scratch the surface to see a tiny bit of white beneath.

---- another "do not" - do not nick at the end with that hole (eye, or hilum), because that it is where the root (embryonic root, actually, called radicle) will hopefully emerge. nick anywhere else.

---- Only a few need nicking this way, and I hold a seed in one hand and rub it against a nail file in my other hand. I like the ideas above about holding seeds with a small, or nose-type, pair of pliers against a rough surface - sand paper works...toe clippers look good, too.
--------------

-- After they swell, and also if they still do not swell, I put them into folded, barely moist coffee filters (dipped into the water/hydrogen peroxide solution & wrung out), inside of clear baggies where I can watch the seed's progress.

When the embryonic root emerges (either in the soaking baggy or filter baggy) I plant it shallowly, but just below the surface. If I am trying to grow something really rare or special, then I like to have the top third of the cup filled with vermiculite, with potting medium beneath. This will be an added deterrent to pathogens. Having said that, if your seeds are both rare, special, old, iffy, then it might be useful to try germinating them in as many ways as you know. There are good microbes out there, too, so don't stick exclusively to vermiculite)

Some seeds typically take longer to sprout than others; for instance, although most Ipomoea nil cultivars sprout for me within 3 - 4 hours, I. nil Shirayuki can take 3 weeks to sprout in its coffee filter/baggie. So there are some interesting variations and exceptions to how sprouting progresses among cultivars even within one specie.

Soaking works better for me if I do it over kitchen cabinet lights - so warmth helps. You don't want to give too much heat, so a heat mat might be the best way to go.

As soon as the first embryonic leaves (cotyledon) appear, I put them outside in the sun, so that there is no damping off and they take off very well. This only works well when the outdoors is warm enough - I ferry my seedlings in and out of the house for a while until nights are consistently warm.

Baggies let me watch the development (or lack thereof) of seed germination.

The very first thing I do is to write a list of what I'm growing and number each vine. Then I make up labels on recycled yogurt containers with a waterproof marker, and those stay with their respective seeds from the moment the seeds go into a baggy with a soaking solution to the moment they are transplanted into the final home. If I'm growing them in the ground, I make a map.

For seeds that are easy to obtain and not very rare or special, I do not advise such an elaborate procedure as the above. Someone advised wintersowing on another website, and it is maybe the easiest way to go with purpureas and some other species, but if you try to wintersow the nils, then you maximize your chances of murdering those seeds especially where temps go below 32*F (BUT! heehee - there is even a nil that is an exception - the emargined gray - in my experience).

Well, seems I wrote a book and I hope folks will excuse me if I have duplicated their advice or crossed in cyberspace - hope I've helped more than confusticated.

karen

bluespiral

bluespiral

(Zone 7a)

April 4, 2011
6:04 PM

Post #8472303

sorry - more verbosity coming here -

on soaking -
----- If you put a dab of hydrogen peroxide (H202) into your soaking water, then the H202 will lower chances of your seeds rotting
----- For me, seeds begin to sprout within 2 hours. Those that don't sprout within 3 or 4 hours get nicked and put back into fresh soaking solution.
----- If no sprouting occurs within 24 hours, go to the baggy stage next, as described in my previous post.
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 4, 2011
6:28 PM

Post #8472381

Thanks so much!
Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

April 5, 2011
8:05 PM

Post #8475041

I wanted to add something to Karen's suggestions: Use your magnifying glasses when you nick your seeds, that way you can see the edges really clear and the seeds won't slip off, all you need is one little cut on the seed to let the moisture in.
A.
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 7, 2011
9:41 AM

Post #8478340

I have a couple more questions:

Okay, I soaked the seeds in a hydrogen peroxide solution, and some of them swelled and sprouted, others haven't yet (could have a couple different types mixed together). When I dumped them out into a larger dish, a sprout or two broke off! grrrr...are those seeds doomed?

Also (and this sounds really dumb, but I've never done this before), is the initial sprout a root or the other end?
Thanks for your help and patience! :)
beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 7, 2011
11:12 AM

Post #8478479

If they broke off the root tips, they may be goners. The white tip growing out of the seed is the first root , so plant them down if possible. Sometimes tweezers help.

Sorry to hear a few broke off. It happens. Also keep in mind that the roots don't like to be disturbed, so whatever you plant them in should be a container that you can remove them from easily or just plant them in their permanent place. Good luck!
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 7, 2011
3:15 PM

Post #8478895

Thanks! Live and learn!
Lilyofthenight
Victoria, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 20, 2011
7:19 PM

Post #8509962

Peeks in and waves hello...New to the DG site. This is my first year growing morning glories. I stated them from seed a couple months ago. They are already climbing nicely. No blooms yet.
I love All sorts of plants. However my collection is rather small. I am starting over slowly. I have a nice variety of cacti and succulents, also just put about 20 daylilies in the ground. Gladiolas, purple latris, sago palms, passion vine, crown of thorns, dusty millers, wishbone flowers, snapdragons, zinnas, pansies (from seed..they are not doing so well)..purple coneflower seed, sunflowers, some ginger plant I think died, and a few various other bedding plants...so far :).
Nice meeting Ya'll :)
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 20, 2011
7:24 PM

Post #8509979

Hi, Lily, welcome to DG! My morning glories are mere sprouts now, you're making me jealous, lol! Your garden sounds like it will be gorgeous.
beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 20, 2011
7:39 PM

Post #8510015

Welcome Lily!

Sounds like you have a lovely gardening growing! Would love to see some photos! :-)

I use Bloom Booster by MiracleGro to get my MGs blooming. Something you might consider trying when you water them (every 2-3 weeks during the growing season). :-) Works like a charm for me!
Lilyofthenight
Victoria, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 21, 2011
9:01 PM

Post #8512611

Ty everyone... However, I lurked in here in the MG site before joining. I followed all the directions..potted up some seeds that I let soak..etc. As far as watering goes I have to water them DAILY!!
I read not to. If I don't though mine are badly wilted and droopy the next morning. And I will fertilize them this weekend thanks!! All I have right now is miracle grow, so that will have to do. I spent my extra money on extra cacti and succulents this morning...I could'nt help it. The nursery was right there on my way to work and it jumped out in front of my car. That's my story and I am sticking to it LOL...
I'll post picks when I have something decent to show in the meantime check this out!...

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1174618/

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/196701/


Enjoy!


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KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 22, 2011
2:46 PM

Post #8513736

Wow, that's gorgeous!
beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 22, 2011
7:06 PM

Post #8514242

I agree! Stunner of a bloom! Love that color!
Lilyofthenight
Victoria, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 1, 2011
9:34 PM

Post #8533593

Thanks so much!
Jiny
Tokyo
Japan
(Zone 10a)

May 4, 2011
6:51 PM

Post #8540353

I'm coming back after an awful and ongoing experience, trying to get back to my garden!
beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

May 4, 2011
7:30 PM

Post #8540427

jon - Glad to hear that you are even thinking about gardening after all that you've been through over there in Japan! Gardening is good for the soul. :-) That's my motto! And it's cheaper than mall shopping! LOL! All my friends shop when they are under stress! LOL! I garden, instead! ;-)
nifty413
Garland, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 4, 2011
8:14 PM

Post #8540502

Hello! Welcome to each and every one enjoying the beauty of morning glories!!

Jon, glad to see you post here!
Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

May 4, 2011
8:20 PM

Post #8540513

Hi Jon,
Good to see you, and glad you are gardening... there's nothing like it when you want some peace..lol

A.
Jiny
Tokyo
Japan
(Zone 10a)

May 4, 2011
10:47 PM

Post #8540673

Peace I want, not just for me but for he entire world! Guess I'll have to settle for a spell in the garden.
nifty413
Garland, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 4, 2011
11:25 PM

Post #8540696

Why not settle for peace as nature intends? I realize peace may be hard to find in your immediate surroundings, but peace can be achieved throughout, hopefully. (I may just be a dreamer)
Jiny
Tokyo
Japan
(Zone 10a)

May 6, 2011
10:17 PM

Post #8545045

Hey nifty, I'm a dreamer too but I'm not the only one! There is a certain kind of peace in a natural disaster that does not exist in war.
Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

May 7, 2011
6:43 AM

Post #8545387

Very true Jon. Not many would understand what you have gone through, or are going through in the rebuilding process, neverending in it's own right.
Lilyofthenight
Victoria, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 7, 2011
7:47 AM

Post #8545502

Okee doke MG peeps... Here is my first attempt at growing them.Just your basic Heavenly Blues, but they have been blooming a couple weeks now. I could not be happier!

Oh Yea, A question..If you look closely at the bloom on the bottom, near the bottom it has a neon pink spot on it. I have seen a few of these on my blooms now...any idea what is causing those?
Thanks in advance for any help.
Have an awesome day.~~

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Lilyofthenight
Victoria, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 7, 2011
7:49 AM

Post #8545506

And Oh.. Jon...I do not know you yet, but I send very warm wishes your way... :)
beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

May 7, 2011
8:00 AM

Post #8545527

Lilyofthenight - Beautiful bloom! Heavenly blue is always a winner in my garden! The pink spots may be discoloration from condensation. And as your blooms age, you may notice they turn a pinkish color.

This message was edited May 7, 2011 8:23 PM
Jiny
Tokyo
Japan
(Zone 10a)

May 7, 2011
4:42 PM

Post #8546389

Hi Lilyofthenight, thanks for the warm wishes, there you know me now!
I get those pink spots too, I think a water droplet and sun causes them. have you noticed how the blues turn pink or red as the flower finishes?

Jon

Hmm, I think I just said the same thing as Becky! LOL!
Lilyofthenight
Victoria, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 8, 2011
8:36 AM

Post #8547558

Well Howdy from Texas Jon and Hiya Becky... Well interesting enough I do believe the pink was water spots. And turning as the flower finishes? Oh... I will have to investigate that!
Thanks for the reply's!

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